Les frères Garbisi à la charnière d’une Italie expérimentée contre l’Angleterre

Par Josh Raisey
Les joueurs italiens chantent leur hymne national lors de la récente Coupe du Monde de Rugby (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Gonzalo Quesada, le nouveau sélectionneur de l’Italie, a nommé un XV de départ expérimenté pour affronter l’Angleterre samedi 3 février au Stadio Olimpico pour son premier match du Tournoi des Six Nations.


Un seul membre du XV de départ compte moins de dix sélections, le demi de mêlée Alessandro Garbisi, tandis que neuf joueurs en comptent 30 ou plus. Il formera la charnière avec son frère Paolo Garbisi.

Un banc moins expérimenté

L’arrière Tommaso Allan est le joueur le plus expérimenté de l’équipe avec 79 capes, tandis que le troisième-ligne aile Sebastian Negri en compte 52. Le deuxième-ligne Federico Ruzza se joindra à eux pour arriver à sa 50e sélection à Rome.

Le banc de touche est toutefois un peu moins expérimenté, avec le pilier Mirco Spanish qui devrait faire ses débuts, et Andrea Zambonin, Edoardo Iachizzi et Lorenzo Pani qui comptent tous moins de dix capes.

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Quesada a déclaré : « La semaine de travail a été intense. Tout le groupe manifeste beaucoup d’envie à l’idée de faire ses débuts dans le Tournoi des Six Nations. Le staff et tous les joueurs ont fait preuve d’un grand engagement en essayant de s’immerger rapidement dans de nouvelles méthodologies.

« Nous allons affronter la troisième équipe de la Coupe du Monde de Rugby 2023 dans un tournoi passionnant, à domicile, dans un stade olympique qui fera sentir son soutien. Concentrons-nous sur notre performance. Nous sommes impatients d’entrer sur le terrain. »

La composition de l’Italie contre l’Angleterre

  1. Danilo FISCHETTI (Zebre Parma, 36 sélections)
  2. Gianmarco LUCCHESI (Benetton Rugby, 17 sélections)
  3. Pietro CECCARELLI (Perpignan, 31 sélections)
  4. Niccolò CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 36 sélections)
  5. Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 49 sélections)
  6. Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 52 sélections)
  7. Michele LAMARO (Benetton Rugby, 33 sélections) – capitaine
  8. Lorenzo CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 16 sélections)
  9. Alessandro GARBISI (Benetton Rugby, 7 sélections)
  10. Paolo GARBISI (Montpellier, 31 sélections)
  11. Monty IOANE (Lyon 25 sélections)
  12. Tommaso MENONCELLO (Benetton Rugby, 12 sélections)
  13. Juan Ignacio BREX (Benetton Rugby, 30 sélections)
  14. Ange CAPUOZZO (Stade Toulousain, 16 sélections)
  15. Tommaso ALLAN (Perpignan, 79 sélections)
  16. 16 Giacomo NICOTERA (Benetton Rugby, 18 sélections)
  17. Mirco SPANISH (Benetton Rugby, débutant)
  18. Giosuè ZILOCCHI (Benetton Rugby, 16 sélections)
  19. Andrea ZAMBONIN (Zebre Parma, 3 sélections)
  20. Edoardo IACHIZZI (Benetton Rugby, 6 sélections)
  21. Manuel ZULIANI (Benetton Rugby, 17 sélections)
  22. Stephen VARNEY (Gloucester, 24 sélections)
  23. Lorenzo PANI (Zebre Parma, 5 sélections)

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